From Plank Road Publishingby Teresa Jennings and Paul Jennings
What a fun way to teach your students about jazz! This sizzling unison song talks about the history of jazz and touches on some of the elements that make it jazz, like swing and improvisation. Any of these elements are great jumping off points for deeper study.
For a listening exercise, play instrumental tracks and have students identify various aspects of the tune. What instruments do they hear? While jazz can be performed by anything from a soloist to a small group to a large ensemble, in this case, we used a typical jazz ensemble or "big band." What instrumentation would this include? Can they hear and identify each group of instruments? (from Music K-8, Vol. 21, No. 1)
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